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ARKANSAS TRACK & FIELD HALL OF FAME, 1996 INDUCTEES

Bob Gravett
This Humnoke native coached track & field at Ouachita Baptist University for almost 30 years and during his tenure, he coached 71 NAIA All-Americans, one Olympian, and one NAIA Hall of Famer. Gravett is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, three-time AIC Coach of the Year, four-time Area Coach of the Year, and NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year five times.He was selected to coach at the 1979 World University Games and the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival. He is past president of the Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame, Arkansas Track Coaches Association, NAIA Track Coaches Association, and the AIC Track Coaches Association.

Eddie Hamm
Hamm set a world record in the long jump at 25 ft., 11 1/8 in. during the 1928 U.S. Olympic Trials and later won the Gold Medal during the 1928 Olympic Games, jumping 25 ft. 4 in.He began his record-setting career at Lonoke High School where he set a state record in the long jump at 23 ft., 2 in. and later, a national record of 24 ft., 2 5/8 in.Hamm was also a state champion in the high jump, three times in the long jump and 220 yard dash, and twice in the 100 yard dash.At Georgia Tech, he was a three-time conference champion in both the 100 and 220 yard dashes.

Thomas Hill
Hill, a graduate of Arkansas State University, won the Bronze Medal in the 110 meter hurdles at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.In 1971, at the U.S. Track & Field Federation Championships, he tied the 110 meter hurdle world record of 13.2 seconds after running a wind-aided 13.1 in the semi-finals.Hill won the NCAA Indoor 60 yard hurdles championship in 1969 and later was a four-time Inter-service high hurdles champion.He was a four-time Southland Conference high hurdles champion and earned one 100 meter dash title.

George Jones
Jones coached Atkins High School to 19 district titles and 6 state championships in track & field and cross country before becoming one of the best track & field officials in Arkansas history.A former chairman of the Arkansas High School Games Committee and member of the National Track & Field Rules Committee, he served as head field judge for 7 NAIA Championships.This Pottsville native authored and published The History of the First 75 Years of High School Track & Field in Arkansas.Jones developed the scoring tables for the high school decathlon and pentathlon and later offered his Pottsville farm as a site for state cross country championships.

John McDonnell
McDonnell has coached the University of Arkansas to 34 NCAA national championships, more than any coach in any sport in the history of college athletics.Through 1999, his 34 NCAA titles included 10 in cross country, 15 in indoor track & field, and 9 outdoors.He has produced five NCAA Triple Crowns and 12 consecutive NCAA Indoor championships from 1984-95, which represents the longest string of national titles by any school in any sport in collegiate history.McDonnell has coached 135 All-Americans, 41 individual NCAA champions and 18 Olympians.He was a six-time All-American at Southwestern Louisiana and was the 1966-67 AAU 3000 meter champion.

 

 

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